Seed Saving!

Saving seeds is a great way to avoid spending money and become more self-reliant!  Not to mention, it’s just fun to do and you feel really proud after…one of the easiest seeds to save for your garden is cilantro (coriander).  It’s easy for a few reasons…

  1. Fast To Harvest – Sometimes your veggies go to seed when you don’t intend them to, it can be a long time until the seeds are ready for harvest, so you have a tough choice; to pull or to not pull your plant??  When you don’t have a lot of garden beds, this can be an inefficient use of space…in the case of our friend cilantro; it goes to seed quickly and the seeds are ready for harvest in a few weeks…this is an excellent return on investment!  After you harvest them, your beds are empty real estate…
  2. Lots of Seeds – Some plants don’t have too many seeds, while a single cilantro plant can give you over a hundred coriander seeds, do the math, this just makes sense…a $2.00 pack of organic / heirloom seeds will supply you with cilantro, literally for the rest of your life if you’re smart!
  3. Easy To Do – Harvesting is surprisingly easy, just wait until the seeds are brown and dry, hold a container underneath the plant, then use your thumb and fingers to rub the seeds…they will literally fall into the container, it only takes seconds!
  4. Other Uses – Coriander is a really tasty spice, if you like Indian Food, you’ll definitely recognize the smell…also coriander is used in home brew recipes, and many others too…

Below are some pics of cilantro when it’s gone to seed and after harvest…

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Mercy Tavern!

Thank you to the Mercy Tavern (formerly the Pig) for supporting us!  Every month they choose a local charity or social justice organization to support, for the month of September they have been kind enough to choose Salem GreenSpace…in other words, if you go there to grab a drink and a meal, part of your check will help us to employ our teens and plant healthy veggies that we then give away to our neighbors!

The Mercy is located at 148 Derby Street in Salem, MA

Check out their website for more information…

https://www.mercysalem.com/pub/

 

SSU First Day of Service – 2017

A big thanks to our SSU crew who came out this past week to help us out!  They built a new garden bed as well as stained pretty much every surface inside our garden!  Per usual, SSU was amazing…we love them and are so happy to collaborate with them now and certainly in the future!  Best of luck to these incoming freshmen, welcome to Salem to you all!  Check out a few pics below…

 

Update Mid-August

Hey everyone!  What a summer we’ve had!  All is well at the garden, we have so much going on, here’s a few things we’ve been up to…

  • Our weekly Farmer’s Market continues every Wednesday night from 5:30 – 7:00…
  • Our teens continue to work every day on several projects around town…
  • Our teens completed the Y summer camp garden classes at Witchcraft Elementary…
  • Our teens are almost done rebuilding the Bowditch K-8 garden…
  • We’ve hosted several volunteer groups…
  • We’ve continued to modify and improve our garden…
  • We continue to meet more and more of our neighbors…
  • Our veggies continue to grow and grow and grow…
  • We have a lot events planned as we move into…

Lame update I know, but not enough time!!!  Pics to follow in next update…

SSU Sociology Course

We’ve been lucky to have Professor Moore and her one week Medical Sociology Institute course spend Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with us…they learned about veggies and what we do, while also helping us out by building some new beds and caring for the garden!  They are an amazing group of people who I’m happy to say I’ve met.  They are positive, open-minded, and most importantly they are doers, not talkers…our type of people!  They’ve done a lot of work, I’m sure I’m going to forget many of the jobs they did…(harvested garlic / hung garlic / turned soil / re-seeded beds / pruned tomatoes / pruned squash bed / staked out tomatoes / staked out peppers / harvested peas + squash + cucumbers / built + filled with compost and soil + stained + planted new garden beds)…below are a couple pics from this week…(constructing garden beds / drying garlic / group shot)…

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